Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Oct. 1, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017, 7;00am - 4:pm
Ottawa YMCA, 201 East Jackson Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
• The 28th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride, is organized by the Starved Rock Cycling Association. The Ride takes place in scenic North Central Illinois. • Pre-Registration: $23.00 by September 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm • OPTIONAL: Additional $16.00 - Short Sleeved T-Shirts guaranteed when ordered prior to the close of pre-registration on 9-15-17 at 11:59 pm. Please specify quantity and sizes on registration form T-Shirts the day of the ride - $20.00 Supply will be limited • $30.00 if Received After 11:59 pm September 15, 2017 (no T shirt option available with late registration). Late online registration closes September 28, 11:59 p.m. Individuals who do not make this deadline can register day of the ride for $30.00, pre registration strongly encouraged save yourself $7.00 • Children 12 and under $5.00 • SORRY NO REFUNDS • Registration includes: Pumpkin Pie after the ride, rest stops with fresh baked cookies and other food items, hydration, maps and cue sheets. Routes are color coded with Dan Henry markings, showers available at the YMCA (bring towel) Please note: The YMCA closes at 5:00 pm, please be finished by then. • Routes include but are not limited to Road Rides 25, 45, 63, 100 mile routes, with light traffic and rolling hills. SRCA Reserves the unconditional right to modify the route and itinerary, without prior notice, due to weather, river, road, or other unpredictable conditions. Registration Opens at 7 AM (100 milers encouraged to begin at 7:15) Shorter routes can leave later, please try to leave by 10 am. • All rest stops close at 3:00 PM, SAG ends for all riders at 3:30 PM. Please be back to the YMCA prior to close at 5pm. (getting back late, may negate pumpkin pie, don't let that happen to you!) • ALL riders must pick up numbers day of registration and wear. This also helps to track you in case of emergencies. • NO Headphones, all riders must obey the rules of the road. HELMETS REQUIRED. Additional Parking in City of Ottawa Lot on Columbus between Jefferson and Jackson Street, or Marquette High School, part in please do not the Sr high rise lot next to Y, or in church parking lot. (please car pool with friends if you can) ...See event description. Event Type: Sports
Phone: (999) 999-9999
Area: Ottawa

Now - Sep. 30, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 5PM
Wheels O' Time Museum , 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 & W. Woodside Dr.), Dunlap, IL 61525
September is Ford Mustang month in honor of the 53rd anniversary of Ford Mustangs. The Early Ford V8 Club has a display of vintage Mustangs from three different decades: *1966 Black Mustang coupe *1971 Red Mustang coupe *2017 new Mustang from a local dealership Wheels O’ Time Museum has 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space in 4 buildings. Exhibits include unique cars, steam locomotive, model planes, clock room, model trains, fashion, River & Rails and newly restored 1931 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck along with 3 other fire trucks plus Cat Tractors and Best and Holt Tractor. ...Adults: $7 Childred ages 3-11: $3.50. Event Type: Entertainment
Phone: (309) 243 9020
Area: Peoria

Sep. 24, 2017 - Sep. 24, 2017, 1-4pm
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Experience Peoria County in 1855 and participate in hands-on activities such as candle making, hayrides and children’s games. ...$3. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria

Oct. 1, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The woods ring with music at the Nature Center’s monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians! The October 1 concert features Bill Staines. For more than forty years, Bill has traveled across North America. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today. Find out more about him at www.acousticmusic.com/staines/index.htm...$10/adult. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Oct. 5, 2017 - Oct. 26, 2017, 5-7pm on Thursdays through October (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Come have an old-fashioned good time with hot dogs for roasting, chips, baked beans, a s’more, and drinks. Vegetarian hotdogs, beans and pork-free marshmallows are available. A hayrack ride is included. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged....$4/ages 3-10; $6/ages 11+. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria